The earliest Ritzschke ancestor I have been told about is Henry, born about 1818 in Saxony, Germany, died 19 Aug 1884 in Macsville Township, Grant Co, MN.He married a German lady and they had six children.1. Anthony J., born about 1841-1852in Weissenfels, Saxony, Germany, died 7 Jan 1926 in Empire, Clear Creek Co, CO.He married and has a long line of descendents.2. Carl Frederick, born 21 Nov 1842 Weissenfels, Saxony, Germany, died 28 Oct 1920.He married Margaret Louise Hensel.No more info.3. Frederick, born 3 Mar 1849 in Weissenfels, Saxony, Germany, died 3 Jan 1899.On 6 Apr 1872 he married Amelia Balfanz.No more info.4. Herman, born in Weissenfels, Saxony, Germany.No more info.5. Henry, born in Weissenfels, Saxony, Germany.No more info.6.Frank, born in Weissenfels, Saxony, Germany.No more info.This gives you a little more information but I'm afraid it doesn't answer any of your questions.Good luck on your research.